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August 15th, 2009

Wearing Underwear During Chemotherapy

On Wednesday, I woke up at six. I was in a hurry because I had to meet the plumber, Rich, to pick out a new bathtub. Our old one, circa 1955, had some serious issues, along with the rest of the bathroom. My feet hit the floor, I slammed the alarm off, and I pulled […]

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August 12th, 2009

Second… & Third… & Fourth Opinions

They say that cancer patients should get a second opinion. At this point in time, I have received six from both sides of the fence, medical and naturopathic. They have all agreed: “If you want to save your life, you need to do chemotherapy.” If I keep searching, I wonder if I’ll find a doctor […]

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August 8th, 2009

Parenting During Chemo

Yesterday was not a good day. It had been eight days since my last Adriamycin/Cytoxan chemotherapy treatment. I was implementing all my little tricks to avoid throwing up–sucking on Mentos, taking anti-nausea medication, pretending to be in a hot tub–and it just wasn’t cutting it. I could not stop puking. There was no one home (not that the […]

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August 6th, 2009

I Love Lucy… I Mean, I Am Lucy

I made it to my weekly writing class yesterday… barely. My daughter, Adriana, and her friend, Abby, drove me and dumped me off at the coffee shop on the pier. I proceeded to the class, minus my laptop for once because I felt so yukky. This chemotherapy was not being any easier to tolerate, if […]

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August 5th, 2009

10 Ways To Stave Off Chemically-Induced Nausea

  1. Suck on a Dutch (yep, those people know how to do things right) Mento peppermint all night; this way, when you’re done paying for the chemotherapy treatments, you can start on dentist bills. 2. Talk to a doctor about inducing a 10-15 day coma. I’ve seen it done on television. 3. Take a hot […]

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August 1st, 2009

Exercising During Chemo

I feel like horse-puckey. This chemotherapy regimen is doing me in. Not only do I want to call Adriamycin the “Red Devil,” I want to call it all kinds of other names, too. Bad names. Really bad names. Cytoxan. That stuff sucks, too. The naturopathic doctor told me to exercise every day. Today, I have been […]

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July 30th, 2009

Ten Places I’d Rather Be…

I only have an hour left before my third chemotherapy treatment. I only have fifteen minutes to compose this blog because my driver will be here soon. There are ten places I’d rather be than on my way to the doctor: 1. On the beach in Oceanside, CA 2. On the beach in Maui 3. […]

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July 28th, 2009

The Red Devil & Saving Grace

My third round of chemotherapy (Adriamycin & Cytoxan) is on Thursday morning. I’m trying to keep my marbles happy and intact. The new anti-nausea drug, Emend, is making that a little easier. The UPS man just delivered another batch of it to me today. I confirmed with the oncologist yesterday that the mastectomy will not be […]

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July 25th, 2009

Water Retention 102

I don’t know what’s with the delayed reaction of the water retention pill I took yesterday morning, but it decided to kick in today on the hour-and-a-half drive to Freeland for my all-day writing class. I wasn’t early, by any means, which didn’t help the situation. I was only halfway there when it hit me. […]

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